I love patterned walls, but as a renter, I have long been stuck with dull, boring off-white walls in every room of my home. From New York’s East Village to the Upper East Side, and from Roosevelt Island to Lafayette, California, these plain walls have followed me. Imagine my excitement when I discovered the growing trend of Peel & Stick Wallpaper. Perfect for renters or anyone else who wants temporary, easy-to-install AND remove patterned wall decor, peel-and-stick wallpaper is constructed with the same adhesive backing that we usually associate with wall decals for kids rooms. A quick search online will present a number of manufacturers and styles, ranging from childish to sophisticated, neutral to edgy.
My personal favorite among all the patterns I’ve seen, the Fishwall pattern wall tile from Blik is vibrant, colorful, and modern. Although it might be a bit overwhelming if applied to every wall in the room, it is perfect for an accent wall. Goodbye boring! For $45.00 you get two 28″x48″ panels. The panels actually consist of self-adhesive fabric that is eco-friendly, non-toxic, and free of PVC and phthalates. Although their “wallpaper” (described as Pattern Wall Tiles on their website) selection is limited, Blik offers some of the most unique designs on the market.
For a look that is a little less edgy but still colorful and contemporary, Tempaper has a wide selection of designs. The oversize scale and unusual color combinations keep the more traditional patterns feeling fresh. In addition to a wide range of florals, they also offer geometric, herringbone, and vertical stripe patterns. Established by a family of set decorators in New York City, Tempaper has been creating temporary adhesive wallpaper since 2008. Their website includes a short demo video depicting installation, as well as a calculator to help you determine how much paper to order for your particular space. For those of you who are curious but may still be suffering from pattern commitment phobia, they offer inexpensive samples with free shipping. Order a few samples and test them out at home to see which design you like best. Keep in mind that Tempaper recommends you apply their wallpaper to clean, smooth surfaces that have been painted with an eggshell or satin finish. It can be applied in bathrooms or areas with indirect moisture and steam. It is water-based and will not be affected by humidity.
Wall decal manufacturers have been offering a large selection of children’s wall decals for years, but peel-and-stick wallpaper specifically for nurseries and kid’s rooms is a relatively new invention. They make it quick and easy for you to cover an entire wall with cute and cheerful patterns that will bring instant energy to your child’s room.
WallPOPs, one of the most popular wall decal brands, has just come out with a new line of peel-and-stick wallpaper. Although I wasn’t able to find it on WallPOPs own website yet, you can currently purchase the wallpaper patterns through Gilt.
For best results when hanging peel-and-stick wallpaper, don’t remove the backing all at once. Starting at the top of the wall, remove one foot at a time and adhere that portion to the wall. Peel away additional backing as you go, working your way down the wall. Smooth out bubbles as you go, lifting and repositioning paper if necessary. Use an Xacto blade or similar razor to trim away extra paper from baseboards and corners. Once finished, roll up the backing and save it in case you need to take down the wallpaper and store it for future use.